Brain Trauma Management: knock some sense into it!

Susan Yeager

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Lecture overview

During this presentation, a comprehensive discussion of traumatic brain injury will occur.  Injury identification, with associated evidence-based treatment strategies, will provide learners with practical tools to support patient care.  The lecture will begin with a review of the mechanism of injury and primary and secondary trauma assessments.  Following this, an overview of primary brain injury will occur where associated CT scan imaging will be utilized to enhance participant learning. Pathophysiology of secondary brain injury will be provided followed by strategies to minimize its sequelae. Brain herniation syndromes, intracranial pressure evaluation, and management techniques will be presented along with miscellaneous items such as deep vein thrombosis, feeding, and temperature management strategies to support optimal TBI patient outcomes.  Throughout the course, evidenced-based, nursing treatment strategies will be provided to support rapid identification and practical care management that can be applied in global care settings. 

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Describe primary and secondary brain injury
  2. Discuss brain injury guidelines to focus on diagnostic evaluation and patient treatment
  3. Describe intracranial physiology
  4. Discuss herniation syndromes and treatment

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour and 1 CPD Hour

Duration 60 mins.

Lecture speaker

Susan Yeager

Susan Yeager works as the Lead Neurocritical Care Nurse Practitioner at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio USA. She received her Bachelor in Science and Nursing from Capital University and her Master's in Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University. After working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for 10 years, she got her second Master’s degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree from Wright State University. Currently, she is enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Throughout her career, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings which have included medical-surgical, surgical trauma step down, open heart recovery, emergency departments, cardiac/surgical/medical/trauma and interventional critical care. This experience, and her work as a flight nurse, laid the foundation for her Trauma and Neurocritical care CNS and ACNP roles. She previously served on the American Association of Critical Care Nursing Board of Directors. Currently, she serves on the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses and Neurocritical Care Society Board of Directors and is a current Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society. She serves as clinical faculty for The Ohio State University and Wright State University Programs. She's published and presented internationally on a variety of critical care and advanced practice topics.

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